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Full text of "Mathura A District Memoir"

THE CEAITW/RA. MOTJKDS.       "                                    12S
Another mound was, as I am informed, examined, by General Cunningham
in 1872, when, on sinking a well through its centre, he found, at a depth of 13-j-
feet from the summit, a small steatite relic casket imbedded in a mass of nn-
burnt bricks. Here I found subsequently the head of a colossal figure «f very
Egyptian cast of features with a round hole in its forehead, in which was onoe
set a ruby or other precious stone. The lower part of a large seated Buddha
wag also unearthed with an inscription In the Pali character on the ledge
beneath; of which the first three words read Mahdrdjasyu Devaputrast/a Huvishr
kasya, i» e.} £ of the great king, the heaven-born Huvislika/ followed by the date
mm S3, gri I, di $>(the 8th day of -the 1st summer month of the 33rd year.'
The remainder has not been deciphered with any certainty. I found also seve-
ral cross-bars and uprights of Buddhist rails of different sizes and a great number
of small fragments of male and female figures, animals, grotesques, and decora-
tive pattemSj showing that the sculptures here must have been far more varied
in design than at most of the oiber sites. One of the uprights has a -seell-execnted
and decently draped figure of a dancing-girl, with the right hand raised and
two fingers placed npon her chin. The lower part of the post has been broken
away, carrying with it her feet and the third of the three gronps at the back. Of
the two groups that remain, the npper one represents two seated figures, appa-
rently a teacher and his disciple, with two attendants standing In the baek-gronnd,
and has a single line of Inscription below, recording the donor's name. Thf
second group shows a sacred tree, enclosed with the conventional rails,, and 2
pilgrim on either side approaching in an attitude of veneration. The onl}
other sculpture deserving special notice Is a small bas-relief that represents
capacious throne resembling a garden chair of rustic wood-work, with a foo
stool is front of it and some drapery spread over the seat, on which is place
a relic casket. In the back-ground are two figures leaning over the high bae
of the chair. Their peculiarly furtive attitude is characteristic of the style
almost every group includes one or more figures peeping over a balcony^ or t
curtain, or from behind a tree. On this stone was found a copper coin so mueJ
corroded that no legend was visible, but bearing in, its centre a running figure
which "was the device employed both by Kanislika and Hnvishka. I had grea1
hopes of discovering another inscription here, as I had picked up a small frag
meat with the letters          , that is, *BndMnam/ cut very clear and deep; bu
my search was unsuccessful. Digging in the field some twenty paces fron
the base of the monad, I came upon the original pavement only two or £hce
feet below the surface^ -wife three large square graduated pedestals, ranged i
close line, one overthrown, ihe other two erect, A capital, found by Genera